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Communities
A community can be defined as a group of people of any size whose members reside in a specific locality and share resources needed to survive. A community can be a small rural community or a large metropolitan area. Size is not as important as understanding what all the 'shared resources' consist of, including who else uses the shared communities. In addition, some of the projects are specifically called 'sustainability indicators' but others are referred to as 'quality of life' or 'healthy community' or some other type of indicators. Regardless of the name or size of the region, the links below lead to communities working on ways to measure progress that leads to a more sustainable community. The communities in this list are grouped into three categories according to the size of a community:
 
Local Communities
The communities listed here are primarily single municipalities or a single county. At this level sustainability indicators efforts are lead by many different types of organizations from governmental agencies to grassroots groups to chambers of commerce.
 
Austin, Texas, USA
www.ci.austin.tx.us/sustainable/
 
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
www.tbf.org/boston/boston-L1.asp
 
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.sustainablecalgary.ca/
 
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
www.vision2020.hamilton.ca/about/indicators.asp
 
Lansing, Michigan, USA
http://urbanoptions.org/sustain/wkshrept.htm
 
Orlando, Florida, USA
www.hciflorida.org/
 
Pierce County, Oregon, USA
www.co.pierc.wa.us/PC/services/family/benchmark/qol.htm
 
Santa Barbara, California, USA
www.communityenvironmentalcouncil.org/landuse/indicators.html
 
Santa Monica, California, USA
www.ci.santa-monica.ca.us/environment
 
Seattle, Washington, USA
www.sustainableseattle.org
 
Sonoma County, California, USA
www.sustainablesonoma.org
 
Tucson, Arizona, USA
www.ci.tucson.az.us/livable2
 
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/environment_infrastructure/ei_indicators
 
Regional Efforts
The communities listed here represent multiple municipalities, often part of a larger metropolitan area and, in some cases, including local communities in multiple states or provinces.
 
Buffalo-Niagara Region, New York, USA
State of the Region: Performance Indicators for the Buffalo-Niagara Region in the 21st Century
www.regional-institute.buffalo.edu/sotr
 
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Cape Cod Center for Sustainability
www.SustainCapeCod.org
 
Central Texas Region, Texas, USA
Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties
www.centex-indicators.org/
 
Cincinnati Region, Ohio, USA
Includes eight counties in three states (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky)
www.sustainablecincinnati.org/pages/indicators.html
 
Eastern Vermont/Western New Hampshire, USA
Vital Communities
www.vitalcommunities.org
 
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Social Planning Council
Local Indicators for Excellence
www.edmspc.com/publications.html
 
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ten County region in Louisiana
www.top10by2010.org/
 
Northwest Watch
Pacific Northwest area of North America - including the Canadian province British Columbia and the USA states Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
http://www.northwestwatch.org/pubs/tpoe2002.html
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
www.sustainablepittsburgh.org/
 
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development
www.bayareaalliance.org/
 
Silicon Valley/Southern San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership
www.svep.org
 
South Puget Sound, Washington, USA
Sustainable Community Roundtable
www.olywa.net/roundtable/
 
Thomas Jefferson Planning District, Virginia, USA
Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville.
www.tjpdc.org/environment/environment.asp
 
Western Sydney Region, Australia
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
http://www.uws.edu.au/community/RIMC/WSROCSOE/index.htm
 
Willapa Bay, Washington, USA
Willapa Bay Alliance
www.tidepool.org/wiscweb/willapa.indicators.'98.html
 
State/Province level efforts
 
Minnesota, USA
Minnesota Milestones
www.mnplan.state.mn.us/mm/index.html
Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative www.mnplan.state.mn.us/SDI/
 
New Jersey, USA
New Jersey Future
www.njfuture.org
 
Oregon, USA
Oregon Progress Board
www.econ.state.or.us/opb/
 
National efforts
 
Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators
www.Calvert-Henderson.com
 
Canada
www.sustreport.org/home.html
 
Netherlands
Dutch National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP )
www.vrom.nl(Dutch version, select "International" for English content)
 
The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States
www.us-ecosystems.org
 
United Kingdom
UK Indicators of Sustainable Development - in Part 1
http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/indicators/
 
United States of America
Federal Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators
http://www.sdi.gov
 
International efforts
 
2001 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)
An initiative of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Environment Task Force, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting 2001, Davos, Switzerland.
http://www.ciesin.org/indicators/ESI/
 
Eurostat Environmental Indicators
http://europa.eu.int/comm/eurostat/Public/datashop/print-catalogue/EN?catalogue=Eurostat&service=about_catalogue
 
United Nations
Indicators of Sustainable Development
www.un.org/esa/sustdev/isd.htm
 
The Wellbeing of Nations
A Country-by-Country Index of Quality of Life and the Environment, by Robert Prescott-Allen, 2001, Island Press.
www.iucn.org
 
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